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Old 11-22-2009, 04:36 PM   #1
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I'm sure this question has been asked somewhere but I didn't see an answer after the first 4 or 5 threads I tried reading.

So I am planning on using some liquid yeast for a brew. I looked at the mr. malty pitching rate calculator to determine the size starter that I need.

Simple enough, input gravity and volume info and it tells you how many liters of starter you should make.

Ok so I need a 2-liter starter. What gravity should this 2-liter starter be? How much DME do i need to use to get my 2-liter starter to this gravity?

Why doesn't mr malty also tell me these things?

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Old 11-22-2009, 04:38 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by yeast_infection View Post
Why doesn't mr malty also tell me these things?
He does, just in a different article.

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Old 11-22-2009, 04:44 PM   #3
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You want your starter to be around 1.035-1.04 your not making beer you are just trying to grow yeast. I use the metric system here and it is real easy. For every 100 ml of water add 10 grams of DME so 2000 ml would need 200 grams of DME.
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Old 11-22-2009, 05:18 PM   #4
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Yeah, use the 10 grams per 100 ml rule of thumb and you're golden. That'll give you, if I remember, a starter of about 1.036.

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